Welcome to York County Bowmen.

Stage 1 Reopening Begins May 19, 2020

Located just north of the city of Toronto, York County Bowmen has been home to hundreds of archers for over 50 years.
Whatever your type of bow and style of archery, you will find yourself at home at our diverse facilities.
Club members are able to use the facilities 24/7/365.

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2020 Winter Indoor League
3D Tournament Rules

A 3-D course consists of 20 full sized animal targets distributed at various distances from each other depending on the terrain available. The targets are numbered from 1 - 20 and must be shot in consecutive order. In most competitions there will be a second 20 target course numbered from 21 – 40. Stakes, various distances from the targets, indicate the shooting position for different age and equipment classes. Distances are not marked, judging the distance from the shooting position to the target is part of the challenge. Range finders or cameras are not permitted during any competition. Target sizes will differ depending on the type of animal, although some small animals (mosquitoes or frogs) are enlarged to create a feasible target. Targets will be at different distance from the shooting stakes. The distances may differ from 3 yards to 50 yards. The larger animals are usually used for the longer distances.

The number of archers per group may be between three and five, although four is the preferred number. In the event that one group is holding up the next group on the range, it is courteous to allow the faster group to shoot through. It is important to stay on the marked trails, getting off or going backwards on the trails may be dangerous.

Shooting Process
It is common to use a Shotgun start where groups of archers are assigned a target number to start at. All groups will start shooting on a signal at the same time and shoot targets in rotation to cover all 20 targets. One archer shoots at a time. The order of shooters shall be rotated from target to target. Only one arrow is shot at each target by each archer. Courtesy demands that any chatter is stopped as an archer is at full draw. Ample space must be given to the shooting archer. A time limit of two minutes per shooter is customary. Discussion in regards to yardage is not allowed until all archers have shot this particular target. Arrows are not pulled until all archers have shot. In case of a miss one archer should stay in front of the target while others may look for the missed arrow.

Double scoring is customary during tournaments. Each archer has two score cards. Two of the group of archers are designated to mark the scores on separate score cards while another calls out the scores. The arrows are not to be touched until all agree that the scores are correct. The exact location to score on the animals is marked with indented lines on the body. While these lines are not visible to the naked eye to most archers, binoculars are allowed to determine where the vitals are. Three irregular circles are differentiating scores between an 11, 10 and 8. An arrow touching a line on the outside of the circle counts as if inside the circle. A hit anywhere else on the body except hoofs and horns counts 5 points. Hoofs and Horns count as a miss. In order to score an arrow it must be stuck in the target. Shoot through or bounce-outs must be witnessed by the majority of the group to be scored. All score cards must be totaled and are to be signed by the archer and one other archer of the group before turning them in to the organizer.

Sample Score Card:                                                                                                                 Sample Target:

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Stage 1 Reopening at York County Bowmen

  1. York County Bowmen Outdoor Facilities will be open during daylight hours only starting May 19, 2020. These open areas on our 50 acre property include the Main Field, Forested 3D course and Field Butts
  2. Washrooms will be open in the clubhouse. Everything else in the clubhouse will remain closed.
  3. Each archer should shoot at a separate target or 3D animal.
  4. Wash / disinfect hands before shooting and before returning home
  5. Practice Social Distancing at all times. That means 2 metres or 6 feet apart at all times.
  6. No guests, and no new memberships allowed until further notice.
  7. Avoid crossing paths with another person by walking in a clockwise direction on the 3D trails or field course!!
  8. If you want to wear a mask or gloves to protect yourself, take those items and dispose of them at home!


It is strongly recommended that each member carry their own hand sanitizer bottle and use it appropriately. Wiping down your bow equipment and arrows with a disinfecting cloth after shooting at YCB is highly recommended as well. 


Lastly, our club is looking for volunteers to keep touch points disinfected on a daily basis. If you can volunteer, please contact Brad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Without sufficient volunteers, the clubhouse door will need to be locked.


If you feel sick stay home! Be safe, and enjoy the individual sport of archery at York County Bowmen!


2020 3D Champioship Tournament Registration(COVID-19 Update)

2020 3D Championships

New Date

Date: Sept 19, Sept 20th 2020

  • Day 1: Peer grouped by equipment - 10am shotgun start *
  • Day 2: Peer grouped by Day 1 results - 830am shotgun start *
  • Equipment Inspection is available Friday 6pm or Saturday 8am *
  • Archery Canada equipment categories *

* as per 3D Advisory Committee recommendation


Registration will open soon please check back

Indoor Range Closure (COVID-19 Update)

Please be advised that the Indoor Range of York County Bowmen is now closed. 

Outdoor facilities remain open.

This is in compliance with the Ontario Governments Declaration of Emergency announced March 17, 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronovirus_Covid 19.

This closure will be in effect until March 31, 2020.  It will then be reassessed.

Please practice social distancing! Stay home if you feel sick!

Youth Development Program

In compliance with the Ontario Governments Declaration of Emergency to prevent the spread of the coronavirus/COVID19,

Youth Development Program (YDP) is canceled until further notice.

The cancellation is needed to allow you to focus on yourself and family by participating in social distancing and self-isolation.

Once the pandemic is clear, we will update  you on what's next for the YDP

Please follow guidelines via Canada.ca/coronavirus and/or Ontario.ca/coronavirus Health Professionals! Stay Safe and Keep Healthy!



The YCB facilities are available to members and their guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The YCB facilities are available to members and their guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We currently have about 200 members including families and support all archery styles from freestyle compound bows to Olympic recurve to traditional instinctive shooting.  Our new clubhouse has six double lanes indoors and our 50 acres of land contains an outdoor target range, a 70m Olympic target, a 14 station field course and two 3D courses with 20 targets (rubber animals) each.  All this is laid out through picturesque mature hardwood and pine forests.

You can become part of our trusting community, too, practicing & developing your archery skills and enjoying comradery with your fellow members.  All we ask is that members be safe, clean up, follow the rules & regs, help out when able and respect all other archers regardless of their skill level and equipment style.  Our club has enjoyed over 50 years of cooperative operation, run by volunteers for the benefit of current members and future archers in the next 50 years.

Membership at YCB is very simple and affordable. If you think about it the membership works out to be $0.80 a day for an adult membership. What else can you do that offers year round access, good friends, fresh air and exercise for such a low price?